Clever Kitchen Hacks

You probably don’t need a scientific study to tell you that the kitchen is one of the most used spaces in a family home. It serves as a hub for food, a communal space for gathering, and often a message center for family traffic. Some consider it the “brain” of the home. While giant master bedrooms might sound nice, a kitchen with abundant space can be surprisingly satisfying! Unfortunately, many homes have kitchens which are small or overrun by clutter. The mess can be a major barrier to enjoying the space, and without some systems in place to keep it

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These Affordable Home Remodeling Ideas can Add to Your Home’s Resale Value

If you’re on a budget, that doesn’t mean that you can’t improve your home. While it’s true that home remodeling can be expensive in general, there are affordable home remodeling ideas that you can implement. Don’t underestimate these affordable home remodeling ideas. They will do a great job of improving how your home looks. They can also improve your quality of life. With these things in mind, it’s easy to see why they add to your home’s resale value. This is why they’re a good investment. They can benefit you now with a better home and later on with a

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Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal with a New Fence

One common outdoor project? A new fence. Whether you’re looking to install a decorative wooden garden fence, a chain link border for your pets, or a substantial privacy fence, there are some things you’ll want to keep in mind before you begin: A permit may be required for fence construction. These may be issued by your county or your city, depending on where you live. The size of fence may dictate need for permit. Some communities do not require permits for smaller fences. If your fence shares a border with your neighbor, certain permits may require proof of your neighbor’s

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6 easy, affordable smart home features that could help you sell your house faster

  (BPT) – Fresh paint on the walls, professional staging and an asking price that ends in 999 – when you’re selling your home, you’ll do whatever you can to help it stand out and sell faster. Because the National Association of Realtors is predicting modest growth for the 2017 real estate market, as a seller you want every edge you can get. And on the heels of the popular Consumer Electronics Show in January, perhaps that edge is a smarter home. “Smart home features are designed to make homes more convenient, appealing, secure and energy-efficient – all of which

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Fast fixes to boost curb appeal for a quick home sale

(BPT) – It takes just seven seconds to form a first impression after meeting someone new. The same psychology applies to the first impression people get when shopping for a new home. Within seconds of arrival, home buyers are forming positive and negative opinions about the property. This is invaluable to home sellers. If you want to sell your home fast and for a premium price, you can’t afford botching the first impression. Fortunately, revamping the facade doesn’t have to cost a small fortune. In just one weekend you can boost your curb appeal with a few simple updates. Enhance the

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Create a ‘wow-worthy’ home entry using fun and free online design tools

(BPT) – Entire TV shows are dedicated to it, and real estate agents say it is essential when selling your home. So what is “curb appeal?” More importantly, how do you create it for your home? Even if you’re not planning to sell your home any time soon, some simple steps to boost the attractiveness of your home from the street (so called “curb appeal”) can make it feel more appealing to you and your guests. Start with the front door From TV to magazines to popular websites, many home improvement experts call out the front door as one of

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Fall: The best season for home improvement

(BPT) – The rituals of fall include sending kids back to school, raking leaves and cheering on the hometown football team. In addition, a new fall tradition has emerged for America’s nearly 74 million homeowners — home improvement. This fall promises to be particularly popular for home projects. Lower gas prices are boosting people’s discretionary income and Metrostudy’s latest Residential Remodeling Index points to a continued rise in activity. Like many trends, there isn’t one particular reason fall has emerged as a popular time for home improvement, several factors play a role. Energy efficiency is top of mind With colder

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How to determine the true value of home improvements

(BPT) – As the U.S. housing industry continues to emerge from the Great Recession, signs are pointing toward positive recovery. In fact, a recent report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University states that the home improvement industry could see record spending in 2015. It’s news like this that may have you contemplating an update to your house. Even if you plan to stay in your home for years to come, it’s important to consider which home remodeling projects offer the potential for a positive return on investment. “Research shows that more homeowners intend to remain in

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5 Ways to Raise the Value of Your Listing

A seller may be able to boost the value of their home by an additional 12 percent, with just a few smart pre-listing repairs, according to a new survey of 300 residential real estate professionals by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. On a median, single-family home priced at $205,000, that could be a potential gain of $24,600. Best time to sell: The best single month to sell a home is from April through June, with the best selling month identified as April, according to the Consumer Reports survey of real estate professionals. “You don’t have to spend a ton

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Driveways to mailboxes: Oft-overlooked items that drive curb appeal

(BPT) – Selling or staying, it makes no difference – everyone wants a home that looks great from the curb. Curb appeal comes together when all the elements of a home’s facade are in good shape and working together. Driveways that are cracked or pitted with potholes, dingy front doors and other seemingly minor complaints like a shabby, scuffed mailbox, can all significantly detract from a home’s overall curb appeal. Here is a handful of projects – many of them quick fixes – that can greatly enhance a home’s appearance. * Repair or resurface your driveway. For many homes, the

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